St Augustine's CofE Primary School

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St Augustine Street, Manchester, M40 8PL


St Augustine's CofE Primary School

Believe, Achieve, Succeed

Our Vision (Intent)

St Augustine’s is a Church of England school, however we have a wide range of different beliefs among our children and as such we celebrate our own religious identities while promoting the core Christian values. These values enable our children to grow in faith, love and understanding and to develop key qualities such as honesty, trust and respect for each other.


The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.


Basically, RE explores big questions about life, in order to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion and worldviews, and reflect on their own ideas and ways of living.


The curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:


  1. Know about and understand a range of religious and non-religious worldviews, so that they can:
  • describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals
  • identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered, by some of the sources of wisdom found in religious and non-religious worldviews
  • appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of
  • expressing meaning.


  1. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religious and non-religious

worldviews, so that they can:

  • explain, using reasoned arguments, their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of
  • expression influence individuals and communities
  • express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions
  • and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues
  • appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion.


  1. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religious and non-religious worldviews, so that they can:
  • investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding
  • creatively
  • enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for
  • the wellbeing of all
  • articulate clearly beliefs, values and commitments in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives


What does this look like in our school?(Implementation)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) describes the phase of a child’s education from birth to the end of the reception year at the age of five. Religious education is statutory for all pupils registered on the school roll. The statutory requirement for religious education does not extend to nursery classes in maintained schools. RE may, however, form a valuable part of the educational experience of children throughout the key stage. In the EYFS curriculum learning does not fit into boxes: play-based and child-centred approaches will encourage the learning to follow where the child’s interest and curiosity leads.


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Key Stage 1



Year 1 and upwards

RE is non-statutory, but teachers may choose to    incorporate RE material    into children’s activities.

 RE is a compulsory part       of the basic curriculum       for all Reception age pupils,   and should be taught   according to the Agreed   Syllabus for RE.

 RE is a compulsory part       of the basic curriculum for   all Key Stage 1 pupils,         and should be taught   according to the Agreed   Syllabus for RE.

Early Learning Goals outline what pupils should achieve by the end of Reception year. The National Curriculum is not taught.

 The National Curriculum         is taught alongside             Religious Education.


RE in the Nursery

Activities children engage in during their nursery years are experiences which provide the building blocks for later development. Starting with things which are familiar to the children and providing lots of hands-on activities and learning are important parts of pupils’ learning at this stage.


Some ideas for religious education in the nursery can include:


  • creative play, make-believe, role play, dance and drama
  • dressing up and acting out scenes from stories, celebrations or festivals
  • making and eating festival food
  • talking and listening to each other; hearing and discussing stories of all kinds, including religious

and secular stories with themes such as goodness, difference, the inner world of thoughts and

feelings, and imagination

  • exploring authentic religious artefacts, including those designed for small children such as ‘soft toy’

artefacts or story books

  • seeing pictures, books and videos of places of worship and meeting believers in class
  • listening to religious music
  • starting to introduce religious terminology
  • work on nature, growing and life cycles or harvest
  • seizing opportunities spontaneously or linking with topical, local events such as celebrations,

festivals, the birth of a new baby, weddings or the death of a pet

  • starting to talk about the different ways in which people believe and behave, and encouraging children to ask questions.


RE in Reception

(Non-statutory guidance for RE for all 4–5s in Reception)


The approach outlined for Nursery also serves Reception, especially in the earlier months of the reception year. In addition to this, the following questions, outcomes and content ensure good provision for RE in Reception.


Foundation Stage: Discovering the world.


F1 Which stories are special and why?

F2 Which people are special and why?


F3 Which places are special and why?

F4 Which times are special and why?


F5 Where do we belong?

F6 What is special about our world and why?


The questions, outcomes and content are non-statutory.  However, for RE teaching to be good quality, the questions, learning outcomes and content need to be taught together.


RE in Key Stage 1

Pupils should develop their knowledge and understanding of religious and non-religious worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts. They should use basic subject specific vocabulary. They should raise questions and begin to express their own views in response to the material they learn about and in response to questions about their ideas.

RE at St Augustine’s should enable our children to


 A. Know about   and             understand a range                 of religious and non-   religious worldviews

 B. Express ideas and   insights about the nature,   significance and impact       of religious and non-   religious worldviews.

 C. Gain and deploy the     skills needed to engage   seriously with religious     and non-religious   worldviews.


By the end of Key Stage 1, our pupils should be able to


 A1. Recall and name   different beliefs and   practices, including     festivals, worship, rituals   and ways of life, in order     to find out about the   meanings behind them.

 B1. Ask and respond             to questions about what   individuals and   communities do, and           why, so that pupils can   identify what difference   belonging to a community   might make.

 C1. Explore questions about   belonging, meaning and   truth so that they can   express their own ideas     and opinions in response   using words, music, art         or poetry.

 A2. Retell and suggest   meanings to some       religious and moral stories,   exploring and discussing   sacred writings and sources   of wisdom and recognising   the traditions from which   they come.

 B2. Observe and recount   different ways of     expressing identity and   belonging, responding   sensitively for themselves.

 C2. Find out about and   respond with ideas               to examples of co-operation   between people who           are different.

 A3. Recognise some   different symbols and   actions which express a   community’s way of life,   appreciating some   similarities between   communities.

 B3. Notice and respond   sensitively to some   similarities between   different religious and     non-religious worldviews.

 C3. Find out about   questions of right and   wrong and   begin to   express their ideas and   opinions in response.


 RE in Key Stage 2

 Pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding of religious and non-religious worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts. They should be introduced to an extended range of sources and subject specific vocabulary. They should be encouraged to be curious and to ask increasingly challenging questions about religion, belief, values and human life. Pupils should learn to express their own ideas in response to the material they engage with, identifying relevant information, selecting examples and giving reasons to support their ideas and views


RE at St Augustine’s should enable our children to


A. Know about and understand a range of religious and non-religious worldviews

 B. Express ideas and   insights about the nature,   significance and impact of   religious and non-religious   worldviews.

 C. Gain and deploy the skills   needed to engage seriously   with religious and non-   religious worldviews.


By the end of Key Stage 2, our pupils should be able to


A1. Describe and make connections between different features of the religious and non-religious worldviews they study, discovering more about celebrations, worship, pilgrimages and the rituals which mark important  points in life, in order to reflect on their significance.

 B1 Observe and understand   varied examples of religious   and non-religious   worldviews so that they       can explain,  with reasons,   their  meanings and   significance  to individuals   and communities.

 C1. Discuss and present   thoughtfully their own and   others’ views on challenging   questions about belonging,   meaning, purpose and   truth, applying ideas of   their  own in different   forms  including (e.g.)   reasoning, music, art and   poetry.

A2. Describe and understand links between stories and other aspects of the communities they are investigating, responding thoughtfully to a range of sources of wisdom and to beliefs and teachings that arise from them in different communities.

 B2. Understand the   challenges of commitment     to a community of faith or   belief, suggesting why   belonging to a community   may be valuable, both in   the diverse communities   being studied and in their   own lives

 C2. Consider and apply   ideas about ways in which   diverse communities can   live together for the   wellbeing   of all,   responding  thoughtfully     to ideas about community,   values and respect

A3. Explore and describe a range of beliefs, symbols  and actions so that they    can understand different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.

 B3. Observe and consider   different dimensions of   religion, so that they can   explore and show   understanding of   similarities  and differences   within and between   different religious and     non-religious worldviews

 C3. Discuss and apply their   own and others’ ideas   about  ethical questions,   including ideas about what   is right and wrong and what   is just and fair, and express   their own ideas clearly in   response.


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